These extra expenses are the provisioning for guests, the fuel cost, land arrangements etc. Normally it is about 30% of the contract value and all items are specified in an Addendum attached to the charter contracts providing breakdown analysis of the costs. Final accounts will be produced by the Captain at the end of the charter on presence of the Broker and any unused funds will be refunded in full to the Client directly. If the funds are not sufficient, the Captain will advise you accordingly and bills will be settled upon disembarkation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of boat should I choose?
The choice of the vessel depends entirely on your wishes and preferences. Our offer includes following vessel types:
Sailing boats – excellent for both family and active vacation
Catamarans – very stable and comfortable
Motor boats – for speed sailing enthusiasts
Gulet most suitable for big group of tourists. (more than 10 people)
Before choosing a vessel, please bear in mind the following details:
How many people will be on board?
Does your group consist of pairs who can share the same cabin, or do some crew members require a separate cabin?
Do you prefer comfort?
Do you require a skipper or not? If you need skipper’s services, please bear in mind that the skipper sleeps on board as well, so one of the berths (either in the saloon area or in a cabin) should belong to him.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of catamarans compared to sailboats?
The main features of catamarans are more space and comfort especially in a salon and in a cocpit. When sailing they slight tilt. They have shallower draft than sailboats and two engines which make maneuvering easier. But on the other hand their width can sometimes be a drawback, when maneuvering in narrow harbors or marinas.
What are the characteristics of guletes?
Gulets are classic sailboat. Made of wood they provide more confort and have a large deck space for a living room and a dining room. They are rent together with a crew. If you are a group of 10 persons and you don’t want to be devided on more than one boat, the best choice is fully crewed gulet.
When is sailing season in Croatia?
On Adriatic the peak season is in July and August and if you are not limited with school summer vacation or working schedule the recommended time for chartering the boat is September or June as more convenient prices are offered in these months. Besides lower prices, better choice of the boats, good weather and are just some of the advantages that give you the better value for money.
Sailing season is from late aprill to early november. Summer months are mostly characterized by beautiful and stable weather. During the spring and autumn weather is still warm and windy which combined with good prices and less people gives enough reasons for good sailing.
Temperature along the coast: 13 to 18 °C during Apr and Nov, from 18 to 23 °C during May and Octo, from 23 to 30 °C during Jun, July, Aug and Sept. The temperature of the sea ranges: 15 to 17°C in Apr, May, Nov, from 18 to 21°C in June , Oct. From 21 to 25 °C in Jul, Aug, Sep.
Is it possible to charter a boat for less than a week?
Sailing yacht charters usually begin and end on Saturdays. However, should you desire to take a several day long sailing trip in the off season (October – April), it can be organized and the price is then calculated according to the number of days spent on board. During the high-season (in June, July and August, as well as beginning September and end May), it is more difficult to organize this type of charter since these are the busiest months for the charter companies and most weeks are sold out well in advance (therefore, the price is unlikely to be flexible, and you would usually be charged for a full week).
Is my license valid for a bareboat charter?
In case you posses any kind of a sailing license please be sure to send it to us via email or fax, so that we can check its validity with the charter agency as well as Croatian authorities before chartering a vessel.
Are the skipper’s services included in the price of the boat?
Skipper’s services are paid separately from the charter fee. The guests are obliged to pay them (or those of a hostess or cook) as well as food and drink for the skipper or other crew members. Skipper is in charge of navigating and boat safety. He is not responsible for boat cleaning.On gullets, the crew expenses (captain, sailor, cook) are already included in the charter fee. Mega-yachts and sailing boats exceeding certain length are chartered exclusively with a crew (of the vessel owner), in which case the crew expenses are included in the charter fee.
Where does the skipper sleep?
It is strongly recommended to charter a bigger boat and to provide the skipper with his own cabin. Since he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the yacht as well as the security of people on board, he should be well-rested – apart from that, the guest will have more comfort and a free saloon area to hang out. However, skipper can sleep in the saloon area as well. Every vessel is registered up to a certain number of people (the law does not allow this number to be exceeded) – if this number does not include a berth in the saloon area, the skipper is required to have his own cabin.
Where do I park my car once I am about to get on board?
Marinas have a secured parking area for cars – the price of a parking lot depends on a certain marina and amounts to about 45 EUR per week. There are enough parking lots, so the reservations are not necessary. The personnel of the marina take care about the vessels as well as the parking area in the marina.
Where should I berth, in the marina or in bays?
If you have enough electricity, water and food, you can spend the night in one of the numerous, well secluded bays along the Adriatic coast. But, take care about the weather conditions. If using the services of a skipper, you won’t have any problems in finding the securest bays, since the skippers are well acquainted with the Adriatic region. If navigating a vessel on your own, please feel free to contact us for help – we’ll gladly give you our suggestions about the safe bays in the maritime zone where you are sailing. You could also ask the personnel of the charter agency for some suggestions during your check-in procedure in the marina.
Which currency is used for paying in Croatia?
Please note that all the services in Croatia are paid in Kunas. Sometimes it is possible to pay mooring fees in Euros, but it depends on the marina and should be checked upon in advance. In restaurants, shops and supermarkets you can use credit cards as well, but not everywhere, so it is always recommended to have some cash with you, whether in Kuna or in Euro.
Is bed linen, cutlery etc. provided on board?
Bed linen (sheets, blankets, pillows) is provided on every vessel. Only few charter agencies provide towels as well, so by all means take your own with you (both beach towels as well as those for personal hygiene). Kitchen is equipped with stove, oven, fridge, sink, cooking utensils and cutlery. Cleaning fluids, dish cloths, etc. are not provided on board, but can be bought in stores within marinas before boarding.
Children on board?
Children can go sailing with you at an early age – there is no age limit, however, their stay on board should be closely monitored by adults. Be sure to choose the safest cabin for a child (e.g. the front cabin) and a place for it to play (cockpit is a relatively safe place). You can also put a safety net along the sides of the boat and children should by all means wear life vests. You should bring baby food along, since it cannot be bought in each shop within the marina. You should also consider choosing shorter routes and visiting marinas more frequently due to a safer berthing as well as comfort.
When is the boat supposed to be back in the marina?
Boats are returned to the base on Friday afternoon/evening with an overnight on board till Saturday morning between 8am and 9am, when the check-out procedure is done. At that time the guests should leave the boat, so that it can be cleaned and prepared for new guests. The vessel can also be returned to the base on Saturday, but before 8am, in order for guests to have enough time to fill the tank before leaving the boat.
Is it possible for some people to leave and other to join the crew during the sailing trip?
Changes of the crew are possible – however, this should be indicated in advance, before embarkation, so as to make crew lists, on which the dates of changes as well information on people joining or leaving the crew will be specified. Before taking over the boat, the charter agency will provide the guests with a verified crew list with data both before and after the change, which the guests have to have during the sailing.
If the crew suddenly changes during the cruise, without previous notice, the guests are obliged to contact the charter agency and inform them about the changes in order for them to send a new verified crew list. The new list can then be sent via fax to the guests (to any place where they are at that moment). In case of a control, the guests have to present the new crew list, although they are obliged to keep the old one as well.
Can we take over the boat before the check-in time?
If you are arriving before the time determined for taking over the vessel (check-in is usually done at around 5pm), let us know the approximate time of your arrival and we’ll try to arrange with the charter agency to have the vessel delivered to you earlier, which is possible if there won’t be too crowded in the marina at that time.
What is the cost of marinas and harbours?
The mooring fee varies from marina to marina. It also depends on the size of the boat. The mooring fee for catamaran is usually charged double than the mooring fee for the monohull of the same size. The average price is around 50-70 EUR for the boat cca. 43 ft per day. If you have already setteled your sailing route you can check the prices on the web sites of marinas on your route. On the other hand, some of the harbours and most of the anchorages are free.
What is the security deposit?
The security deposit is the amount with which you are liable if any damage, that is the consequence of mishandling of the boat, happens while chartering the boat. All the boats are fully insured with Casco, but the security deposit still has to be left in starting marina by cash or credit card. The security deposit will be refunded in its full amount unless the existence of damage or a defect on the yacht or the equipment is found during the returning of the yacht. Please note that the amount of security deposit is the maximum amount with which you can be charged for any damages. Everything that exceeds that amount the charter company will cover from the insurance company.
In case of thefts on the boats (the outboard engine or dinghy are items of boat inventory that are in most cases the object of thefts) please do not forget to report it to the nearest police station.
Is there a possibility to buy additional insurance in order to cover all potential damages? The damage waiver (additional insurance of the security deposit that practically covers all the damages) in most cases can be offered. Terms and conditions of the damage waiver depend on the insurance company that insures the boat but generally speaking it usually costs 7-12% of the deposit amount of the boat that you would like to book.
What is included in charter fee?
Charter price is usually formed per boat weekly, no matter how many people will be on board (the maximum number of passengers is always limited depending on the size of the yacht). Therefore, charter price covers the vessel rental, all navigation and safety equipment, dinghy and the bed linens. The obligatory payment that needs to be done at embarkation is transit log or charter pack and the residence tax. Outboard engine, gennaker, spinnaker, snorkelling equipment are optional services that are not in charter fee included and can be arranged at surcharge.